The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts! In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to 33⅓ or 45!
Pay attention, kids, because this gets confusing!
In 1982, Genesis released the E.P. 3 x 3. The three-track 12″ contained three songs recorded during the sessions for 1981’s Abacab (my first Genesis album purchase, although technically I bought it for my Dad as a Father’s Day gift). The catchy “Paperlate” (propelled by the Earth, Wind & Fire horns) was a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic, but the EP itself wasn’t issued in the United States. Instead, Atlantic Records placed the 3 new songs (along with 2 other earlier b-sides) on the fourth side of Three Sides Live. The title Three Sides Live made sense to Americans, but Brits were perhaps a tad confused when the fourth side of the album– still entitled Three Sides Live— also contained live music (which, obviously, did not appear on the American release at all).
Got all that? Good– but we’re not finished! In 1994, the entire Genesis catalog was remastered and Three Sides Live was once again issued on CD in America– only this time, they released the U.K. version that had all four sides of live music. The original studio tracks from side four were no longer available, making that original CD release of Three Sides Live— the one that actually only had three live sides of music– as something of a collector’s item. This rare disc is the source I used to create the version of 3 x 3 that I have shared below. I have also included the other two b-sides from that fourth side as bonus tracks, along with a non-related Beatles song that should make perfect sense once you examine the artwork.
You know what doesn’t make sense? For the last 22 years, Genesis has been selling an album entitled Three Sides Live that actually has four live sides, but really has no sides live because the songs are spread out on 2 compact discs. The digital age is truly a land of confusion…
Genesis: 3 x 3 [U.K. 12″ EP]
Charisma Records, 1982
1. “Paperlate” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford)
2. “You Might Recall” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford)
3. “Me & Virgil” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
Genesis: “Dodo/Lurker” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford)
From the album Abacab
Atlantic Records, 1981
Genesis: “It/Watcher Of The Skies” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett/Mike Rutherford)
From the album Three Sides Live [Original U.K. version]
Charisma Records, 1982
The Beatles: “There’s A Place” (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
From the U.K. 7″ EP Twist And Shout
Parlophone Records, 1963
Earth, Wind & Fire: “Let’s Groove” (Maurice White/Wayne Vaughn)
From the album Raise!
Columbia Records, 1981
Genesis: “Open Door” (Mike Rutherford)
B-side of the U.K. 7″ Duchess
Charisma Records, 1980
Genesis: “Evidence Of Autumn” (Tony Banks)
B-side of the U.K. 7″ Misunderstanding
Charisma Records, 1980
Genesis: “Land Of Confusion” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford)
From the album Invisible Touch
Atlantic Records, 1986
Still have my Spot The Pigeon EP 🙂
The best thing about the UK version of 3SL is that the fourth side was from a different tour with (if memory serves) a different band.
I’m sure you already know this, but Tony Banks’ “The Fugitive” was just reissued…
Hi Ridley, I just happen to have some info on that Side 4.
1) One For The Vine – from Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London May 5th 1980
2) Fountain Of Salmacis – uncertain – possibly 1 of the 3 London shows May 5-7 1980 or Knebworth Festival June 24th 1978
3) It/Watcher Of The Skies – from Apollo Theatre, Glasgow July 9th 1976 (1st show)
I was at shows 1, Knebworth and 3
Also released in June 1982 to coincide with the 2xLP release was a Flexipop Magazine 7″ one-side flexi with
The Lady Lies – live from Lyceum, London May 7th 1980
Thanks for that info, Andrew– amazing that you were at the shows!
Anthony-dang, that’s awesome. The Watcher of the Skies-that was back when Bruford was touring with them, right? Tony’s still touring with the mellotron at that point (I think it was out of his rig by 1980), Being like I was, I had both the English and US versions of the vinyl. And all of the solo albums (Peter, Phil, Tony, Mike, Steve and Ant).
Hi Ridley – yes, I too had these very same issues (excuse the pun). I can’t say that I was overly impressed with Mike Rutherford’s Acting Very Strange album. I still play many of the others today.
Sorry Analog, even if I knew how to load it (I don’t) I couldn’t inflict that on anybody!
Hi Analog – it was by fluke really. I come from Glasgow (a lot of fans there) and was working in London 1979-80. I saw them again on the next Abacab tour also, in Berlin (my company sent me there for a year) and stood at the apron of the stage right under Phil Collins’ feet! He must of been affected by all the smoke coming off our Afghani Black hash joints (really strong shit, I can tell you). I saw the band the next day having a late breakfast in the hotel I was working in – the InterContinental. I said hello to them all telling how great the show was and apologised to Phil for all the smoke. “It’s was you, you bastard!” he said laughing. There was much mirth around their whole table over that. I also saw Steve Hackett in Berlin on his Defector tour – that was fantastic too.
In 1982, my best friend was a huge Phil Colllins fronted Genesis fan. I was not. I loved old prog rock bands (particularly Yes and old Genesis) and he did not. But I remember us both driving in my $100 car with it’s $300 stereo system and cranking the live version of “In The Cage”, savagely banging out the drums on the dashboard and howling “I see my BROTHA John…”. A big fat blast from the past once more. Thanks.